Durant Democrat- RSS NEWS Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:17:39 EST 1800 US jobless aid jumps to 313,000 http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150700514/US-jobless-aid-jumps-to-313000 WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:12:07 EST Lawmakers say OSSAA changes for the better http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150700678/Lawmakers-say-OSSAA-changes-for-the-better OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker who co-authored legislation changing the way the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association operates says the organization is making changes for the better and he isn't getting as many phone... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:11:10 EST Durant Fire Department reminds citizens of holiday fire safety http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150666924/Durant-Fire-Department-reminds-citizens-of-holiday-fire-safety Tomorrow, area residents will all be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family. The Durant Fire Department wants to make sure the day is something to be thankful for by helping giving a heads up on common holiday fire hazards. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:07:14 EST Oklahoma voters go GOP http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150683052/Oklahoma-voters-go-GOP OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republicans have surpassed Democrats in voter registration for the first time in Oklahoma history, the result of a decades-long trend in state politics. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:06:08 EST Okla. and 20 other states push to overturn Maryland gun law http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150663678/Okla.-and-20-other-states-push-to-overturn-Maryland-gun-law HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Twenty-one states have asked a federal appeals court to overturn Maryland's tough gun-control law, contending that its provisions banning 45 assault weapons and limiting gun magazines to 10 rounds violate the Second... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:31:06 EST Okla. high school rocked by 3 rape allegations http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150663518/Okla.-high-school-rocked-by-3-rape-allegations NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Allegations by three girls at a central Oklahoma high school that they were raped by the same male student have led to a police investigation, and on Monday brought protests by students who say school officials have... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:50:04 EST Madill man injured in one-vehicle accident http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150664607/Madill-man-injured-in-one-vehicle-accident A Madill man had to be transported to a Texas hospital after running off the highway Saturday afternoon near Cobb. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:49:12 EST Chamber welcomes insurance group to new facility http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150629699/Chamber-welcomes-insurance-group-to-new-facility The Durant Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Brittnee House Farmers Insurance Group into its new office at 614 North Washington Ave. in Durant Tuesday. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:12:05 EST Cow age and cow productivity discussed http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news_agricultural/150625387/Cow-age-and-cow-productivity-discussed According to Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, strong cattle prices have encourage ranchers to keep any cow that might have a live calf to sell at the next weaning period. If rainfall allows forage growth to be... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:41:05 EST Kiwanis Club holds Pastor Appreciation Day http://durantdemocrat.com/news/lifestyle/150602673/Kiwanis-Club-holds-Pastor-Appreciation-Day The Durant Kiwanis Club sponsored a Pastor Appreciation Day at its regular noon meeting Nov 19. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:57:07 EST Burrage home to be featured in Parade of Homes http://durantdemocrat.com/news/lifestyle/150629688/Burrage-home-to-be-featured-in-Parade-of-Homes Join Durant Education and Service Sorority for the Annual Holiday Parade of Homes from 1- 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Tour three homes, beautifully decorated — inside and out — at your own pace, in any order you choose. In addition, a gift show will... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:11:08 EST School board filings to begin http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150629357/School-board-filings-to-begin School Board candidate filings are set to Begin Monday, Dec. 1. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:55:11 EST Check out the Library http://durantdemocrat.com/news/lifestyle/150625361/Check-out-the-Library Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.-OverDrive eBook collection– OK Virtual Library Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:19:09 EST Merida free until sentencing http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150637994/Merida-free-until-sentencing MUSKOGEE–A former Choctaw Nation construction director convicted Thursday of multiple federal charges is free until his sentencing, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma said. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:31:08 EST Shop with a Cop event asks for help http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150630884/Shop-with-a-Cop-event-asks-for-help We all know the holiday season is about being together and celebrating the ones we love. It isn't about gifts, but the feeling is different when you don't have a gift to give. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:00:06 EST Thousands to benefit from immigration action http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150637070/Thousands-to-benefit-from-immigration-action TULSA (AP) — Thousands of immigrants living illegally in Oklahoma could benefit from President Barack Obama's executive action aimed at protecting nearly 5 million people in the U.S. from deportation. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:38:08 EST Choctaws cancel Cosby show http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150636642/Choctaws-cancel-Cosby-show The Choctaw Casino Resort has canceled the Bill Cosby stop scheduled for Jan. 23, 2015.The resort released a statement which stated the Choctaw Casino Resort feels this is the best decision. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:38:07 EST Former Cabinet member Gary Sherrer to address graduates at SE Fall Commencement http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150605494/Former-Cabinet-member-Gary-Sherrer-to-address-graduates-at-SE-Fall-Commencement DURANT – Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Fall Commencement will be held Saturday, Dec. 13. One ceremony for all graduates will begin at 10 a.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:36:09 EST Inspirational concert to be held in Durant http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150629368/Inspirational-concert-to-be-held-in-Durant If you need a way to wind down after Thanksgiving and like free concerts, you are in luck Nov. 30, the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:36:06 EST Commissioners approve possible purchase of sheriff’s office vehicles http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150624233/Commissioners-approve-possible-purchase-of-sheriffs-office-vehicles The Bryan County Commissioners have approved a motion that will allow the county sheriff to go out for bids for two new vehicles for the sheriff's department. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:01:10 EST